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Picked upload! Sims2Pack Clean Installer V1.6.22 (Updated Aug 2, 2014)

by Mootilda Posted 3rd Jul 2010 at 3:55 AM - Updated 2nd Aug 2014 at 10:28 PM by Mootilda
632 Comments / replies (Who?) - 25 Feedback Posts
Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
Sims2Pack Clean Installer is a tool for Sims 2 and all people who download a lot of custom content. S2PCI can be used to categorize, catalog or remove that content. It will also help you in installing your files. You will be able to preview some content before installing. It has built in unrar and unzip routines, as well as possibility of installing dozens of files with single click.

For more information, please see the official website at:
http://sims2pack.modthesims2.com/

The newest version recognizes 64-bit and the Ultimate Collection, thanks to abluescarab.

Requirements:
- The Sims2Pack Clean Installer is released under the GNU General Public License.
- The program uses some DLLs from Datgen and SimPE; they are included in the installation.
- You need the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/down...s.aspx?id=20137

Installation:
To install, just download Sims2PackInstaller.zip and unzip it. Run the installation EXE from the unzipped location.

If you would prefer a no-install version, download Sims2PackInstaller_NoInstall.zip and extract everything. You will have to set the file associations yourself. Here's a brief explanation of how to set up the no-install version:
http://www.modthesims.info/showpost...4&postcount=151

To have the Sims2Pack Clean Installer install your CC into a non-default location, here are some suggestions:
http://www.modthesims.info/showthread.php?t=455178

If you always want to have the Sims2Pack Clean Installer install your CC into a non-default location, please see this post:
http://www.modthesims.info/showpost...0&postcount=152

For multi-install, please see this post:
http://www.modthesims.info/showpost...2&postcount=203

I have included the source code for the latest version in Sims2PackInstallerSource.zip. There is no need to download this file unless you are a C# programmer who wishes to look at or modify the code.

Please report any problems with this new version in the Sims2Pack Clean Installer forum. Be sure to mention which version you are using.
http://www.modthesims.info/forumdisplay.php?f=441

Release History:
http://www.modthesims.info/showpost...749&postcount=3

To-Do List:
http://www.modthesims.info/showpost...512&postcount=3

How To Help:
The most important thing is to let me know if you have any problems. I have a limited ability to do testing, so I'm hoping that people will tell me when things go wrong.

Specifically, if you notice that a piece of CC is incorrectly identified, or has other incorrect information, please let me know. If possible, a copy of the CC (or a link to the download) may help me to find the bug.


Additional Credits:
The Sims2Pack Clean Installer was originally written by Karol Rybak (phervers), who has left the community.

Operating System: Windows
Utility Type: CC Editors CC Managers
Plugin Type: Not Applicable

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 2
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
Sims2PackInstaller.zip | Description: Sims2Pack Clean Installer V1.6.22 623.5 KB 148,198 3rd Jul 2010
Sims2PackInstallerSource.zip | Description: C# source code V1.6.22 - for programmers only 702.9 KB 19,606 3rd Jul 2010
Sims2PackInstaller_NoInstall.zip | Description: No-install version of Sims2Pack Clean Installer V1.6.22 (requires special handling) 513.5 KB 24,016 5th Jan 2011
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract: Use WinRAR (Windows) or Stuffit (Mac) to extract the .package file(s) from the .rar or .zip file(s).

3. Install: Run the installation EXE from the unzipped location.

Need more information?
 
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Test Subject
#51 Old 7th Jul 2010 at 2:21 PM
This is one of the best tools I've ever used for TS2, glad to see it is still being supported and updated. Wish TS3 launcher was this good. Thanks!
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#52 Old 7th Jul 2010 at 3:33 PM Last edited by Mootilda : 7th Jul 2010 at 6:27 PM.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Adelheid 1203
Sorry, but I'm a bit disappointed in the new version: When I hold the cursor on one of the files, the original .package file name doesn't appear anymore like in the previous version. That's very important for me, because I don't want to have duplicates or files with endless numbers in my dl folder.
Is there another way to read the file name before installing?
Try hovering over the checkbox.

If hovering over the checkbox doesn't work for you, make sure that you are running version 1.6.5 or later. Could you please tell me what you're doing, ie,
- Installing a Sims2Pack.
- Browsing your downloads, saved sims, teleport or some other folder.
- Multi-installing everything in a folder.

This is a known problem with the source code that I received from Karol. I've been looking into it and made some fixes to the tooltips in 1.6.5, so that they partially work. However, if hovering over the checkbox doesn't resolve your problem, then you might want to consider reinstalling the older version until I can get the feature working well again.

Would you be happy if I just printed out the file name for the current file at the bottom of the screen, along with the description, etc? Would that be an adequate fix? How about adding a new "File Name" column to the listbox?
Test Subject
#53 Old 7th Jul 2010 at 8:33 PM
I feel a bit dumb, but where exactly is the checkbox? I'm hovering everywhere, but the file name doesn't appear (version 1.6.6).
Your suggestion to add a new column to the listbox would really be an adequate solution.

Btw, I really appreciate your effort! Thank you!
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#54 Old 7th Jul 2010 at 9:58 PM Last edited by Mootilda : 7th Jul 2010 at 10:08 PM.
There's a checkbox in front of every item in the list... hmm, I guess that I really need to understand exactly what you're doing. If you could attach a screenshot with the area marked where you are hovering the mouse, that would really help.

In the interim, I'll look into adding a new column to the listbox.
Screenshots
Test Subject
#55 Old 7th Jul 2010 at 11:06 PM
Oops, my problem is solved! I've hovered the mouse over the whole line of the items and not exactly over the small box.
I can live with that change.

Thank you again, especially for your quick responses!
Test Subject
#56 Old 7th Jul 2010 at 11:12 PM
thank you very much! this tool is extremely useful!
Test Subject
#57 Old 8th Jul 2010 at 7:04 AM
I'm all for the file name column. Even better if a feature to rename the files can be implemented right into the program. Thanks for working on this. Its really helpful when you have 7,000+ downloads to sort.
Instructor
#58 Old 10th Jul 2010 at 5:41 PM
Thanks so much for updating this essential program! :D

Melissa
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Original Poster
#59 Old 11th Jul 2010 at 2:56 AM
Default New version available
Quote:
Originally Posted by thetigerking83
I'm all for the file name column. Even better if a feature to rename the files can be implemented right into the program.
Implemented both of these suggestions.

For a full list of changes, please see the release history.

The new version 1.6.7, has significant code changes, so I've left the old version up with the name Previous[...], just in case there are any problems.
Lab Assistant
#60 Old 11th Jul 2010 at 3:08 AM
Thanks for updating! Sims 2 is still going strong!

Necromancy is Good
*shrugs*
staff: moderator
#61 Old 11th Jul 2010 at 4:49 PM
Thanks!

I don't mind if you call me "MSD" or something for short.
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Perhaps someday I'll have leisure time back...
Inventor
#62 Old 11th Jul 2010 at 11:03 PM
Got 1.6.7 downloaded, installed, and run. Checked for the nameless files (still in the "nameless" subfolder for easy finding), and they are properly named.

Found no new bugs.

Thank you!
Lab Assistant
#63 Old 15th Jul 2010 at 5:02 PM
I have a problem with your Clean Installer (v. 1.6.6 and 1.6.7) that I didn't have with the old one (v1.5.1.4).

When I recolor hair I normally make 4-5 normal colors plus a grey one for elders. Then I bin them using Theo's plugin for SimPe, so that there is one file for each normal color plus one file that only includes the elder grey.

While all standard colors show as hair colors the grey hairs are listed as clothes, but only in the new Clean Installer! I first thought I'd messed up somewhere to have my latest projects show as clothes, but then I tested files made three years ago, and they showed exactly the same result. For some reason the grey color is classified as clothes with every single recolor set I ever made, and I've made several hundred recolor sets already.

If you need one or the other set to verify you can grab some at Simscave, I have my own section there.
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#64 Old 15th Jul 2010 at 5:15 PM Last edited by Mootilda : 15th Jul 2010 at 7:18 PM.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Rissa
I have a problem with your Clean Installer (v. 1.6.6 and 1.6.7) that I didn't have with the old one (v1.5.1.4).

While all standard colors show as hair colors the grey hairs are listed as clothes, but only in the new Clean Installer!
Thanks for the problem report. I'll download some of your things and see whether I can fix the problem.

[Update:]

New version 1.6.8 now available; should resolve this problem.

For more information, please see the release history.

Just to remind people: Karol completely rewrote the recognition algorithm before I received the source code. If you find things which are not correctly recognized, please let me know, so that I can try to solve any problems.
Test Subject
#65 Old 16th Jul 2010 at 11:23 AM
Thanks a lot, Mootilda, for your great work!
Lab Assistant
#66 Old 16th Jul 2010 at 11:35 AM
Thanks a lot, that was quick!
I really appreciate that you spend your time improving one of the most used tools when most modders apparently have went on to the next generation of sims games.
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#67 Old 16th Jul 2010 at 4:05 PM
I really rely on people like you to report problems, since it's almost impossible for me to do enough testing to find every bug. Thanks again for letting me know about this problem.
Sockpuppet
#68 Old 17th Jul 2010 at 11:05 PM
Minor problem with 1.6.8.0 :

Extract the content from a Sims2Pack in another folder created files named "something.package.package" and "somethingelse.package.package.package".

Redundant ".package" extension, don't you think ?
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#69 Old 18th Jul 2010 at 1:37 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kabuto
Minor problem with 1.6.8.0 :

Extract the content from a Sims2Pack in another folder created files named "something.package.package" and "somethingelse.package.package.package".

Redundant ".package" extension, don't you think ?
Yes, that looks wrong. However, I don't know how to reproduce the problem. You'll have to be more clear on the exact steps that you are following. What do you mean by "extract the content from a Sims2Pack in another folder"?
Sockpuppet
#70 Old 18th Jul 2010 at 6:12 AM
Open a Sims2Pack
Press "Install" button
Uncheck "Default installation"
"Select installation folder" -> "Browse..." For example: "Desktop"
"Select files extension" -> "package"
Press "Install" button



I use this method because all my custom contents are classified (Bodyshop, Buy Mode, ...).
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#71 Old 18th Jul 2010 at 7:35 AM Last edited by Mootilda : 18th Jul 2010 at 9:45 PM.
Default New version available
OK, I managed to reproduce the problem using the parameters shown in the attached screenshot. Looks like a pretty simple fix, so hopefully I'll have something later today.

[Update:]

New version 1.6.9 now available; should resolve this problem.

For more information, please see the release history.
Screenshots
Sockpuppet
#72 Old 19th Jul 2010 at 2:27 PM
Thanks for your help
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#73 Old 19th Jul 2010 at 7:25 PM Last edited by fanseelamb : 19th Jul 2010 at 7:57 PM.
I am loving all the new features! For the most part it works great. Did find a couple issues though....

All clothing and glasses meshes seem to be showing up as "Unknown", as well as clothing recolours that link to Maxis textures instead of including a new texture (for example, these age conversions). These files also do not display the tooltip in the "Name" column. The same is true for hair recolours that link to Maxis textures, such as these.

I also have some clothing files with 2 Property Sets (2 ages sharing the same texture) that display as "Unknown". Not sure if that would be linked to the above issue or if it'd be a separate issue, but just in case here are some files for you to look at.

ETA: All the files I'm looking at have been compressed with The Compressorizor in case that matters.

ETA 2: These recolourable stairs are being highlighted red like a hack, although the "type" column lists them as an object. That might be a non-issue though, since they have altered BHAVs which is pretty unusual for non-hacked objects.

ETA 3: Unlocked and recategorized clothing is also showing up as "Unknown". (eg. unlocked soldiers, recategorized outerwear)
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#74 Old 19th Jul 2010 at 8:52 PM Last edited by Mootilda : 20th Jul 2010 at 5:33 AM.
Thank you for all the problem reports. I'll take a look and see what I can do to resolve some of these "unknowns".

Quote:
Originally Posted by fanseelamb
ETA 2: These recolourable stairs are being highlighted red like a hack, although the "type" column lists them as an object. That might be a non-issue though, since they have altered BHAVs which is pretty unusual for non-hacked objects.
The Clean Installer marks any package as a hack if it has BHAVs with group id != 0xFFFFFFFF. I believe that these stairs really contain hacks.

Quote:
Originally Posted by fanseelamb
These files also do not display the tooltip in the "Name" column.
This is a side effect of moving from .NET 1.x to .NET 2.x. The list view automatically uses the tooltip for the full value of the column, if the column size is too small to display the entire value. Until I find a good solution for this, you'll have to hover over the checkbox to see the tooltip.
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#75 Old 20th Jul 2010 at 7:06 PM
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New version 1.6.10 now available; should resolve most of the problems reported by fanseelamb above. Also resolved a problem where Sims2Packs which contain lots, sims, or families were not correctly installed into a non-default directory.

For more information, please see the release history.

Thank you again to everyone who has been reporting bugs.
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